economy

National Employment Law Project

Rep. Golden stands up to corporate lobby to fight wage theft

A new bill introduced by House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden would crack down on wage theft by unethical employers in Maine. The bill is designed to address a widespread

labor

Bill would prevent Maine workers from being punished for getting sick

Sick leave is often taken for granted by a majority of white-collar workers in Maine, but for many blue-color and service-sector employees, it’s just not an option. Nationally, fewer than

health care

Democrats reject Gov. LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy, offer new budget plan

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats rolled out a budget proposal that delivers where Governor LePage’s budget failed. We’ll be diving into the details in the coming days but our

economy

Maine restaurant servers fight to protect minimum wage increase

“With the wage going up I can look forward to an income I can depend on during slow months and when bad weather prevents customers from getting out. It helps

economy

Gov. LePage has been stiffing servers while he works to cut their wages

In an interview on a Lewiston-area radio station on Tuesday, reported on by the Sun Journal, Maine Governor Paul LePage bragged about tipping restaurant servers less over the past few

Paul LePage

Wages and jobs surge in Maine following minimum wage increase

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released data from January, the first month where Maine’s new minimum wage increase was in effect, and the results are incredibly promising. Average

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s justification for cutting taxes for the wealthy is farcical

Economic impact analysis is not an exact science. It is rife with assumptions. Bad assumptions result in bad analysis. And bad analysis yields bad public policy. Look no further  than

Maine Women's Lobby

Sen. Millett’s bill would guarantee paid sick days for working Mainers

41 million people, more than a third of American workers, don’t have the option of taking a single paid sick day from their jobs. A new bill introduced Wednesday at

education

How Democrats can win back Maine

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss what an analysis of the 2016 referendum results tells us about how Democrats and progressives can win in rural Maine.

Maine Small Business Coalition

Maine small business owners ask Sen. Collins not to repeal health coverage

On Thursday at the headquarters of Portland manufacturer Zootility Tools, Maine small business owners shared why they support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and called on the state’s congressional delegation,